Fun fact: Since the All-Star break, the Crew is 14-8. Sure, half of those losses came consecutively against the Cubs, but I can handle this sort of second half performance. As a side note, I'm rooting against the Dodgers, just for the novelty of having that many more August games against sub-500 teams. LA is currently 58-58.
I've been steering clear of predictions lately, but I feel pretty confident about something this afternoon: Manny Parra is not going to throw a complete-game shutout.
The matchup this afternoon is Parra and John Lannan, who has been the bright spot in the Nats rotation. Lannan is 6-11, but that reflects more on his teammates than himself. His ERA is 3.55, and while his peripherals don't support that, his xFIP is still a respectable 4.36.
Game time is 1:05 CT, and here's the BR Game Preview.